The starting point for all projects seeking Gold Standard certification of any kind. It provides the mandatory Principles & Requirements that all Gold Standard projects must conform to.
Requirements for conducting a mandatory stakeholder consultation and engaging stakeholders affected by a project on an ongoing basis.
Safeguarding principles and associated requirements that all projects must assess and conform to throughout the certification process.
Mandatory gender-sensitive procedures/strategies that all projects must conform to. Plus optional gender-responsive guidelines for those projects wishing to quantify and certify specific gender equality (SDG 5) impacts.